If John "Del Boy" Swinney is true to his word and Edinburgh gets the financial support it needs to be the Capital Scotland needs it to be, then I will be first in the queue to praise him. But I will not be queuing anywhere until I see the cheque, ink dry and with a total that meets the needs of Scotland's capital.
This is a story that is not just about cash. I laid out in March and again in April of this year a 10 plan for the Capital city that covered everything from infrastructure to hosting Government to our role as the cradle of the Nations story. Capital City Status much more than simply more cash for the Council. The work of being the capital city is of national significance and we need work with many people across the nation for it to be seen as that. My plan included a tour of Scotland to ask the question of the nation, "what kind of Capital City do you want Edinburgh to be?" You can read my speech here.
What we have so far is a promise, no more. Given the sound of broken SNP promises that are echoing round Holyrood as we speak, that's not much to go on. Bit it could be a step in the right direction, but it needs to be backed up with action. And that's a whole lot more than simply a cheque, welcome and necessary as that is.
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